Ambiguous Name: Always Save The Girl get usage counts
Deadlock Clock: 2nd Aug 2014 11:59:00 PM

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Assuming I've got 100 examples (I checked 98 pages, while many had multiple references to the trope, there's a bunch of ZCE), then 42% of examples are about Always Save the Girl meaning the hero is doing something dangerous to savea girl, and 20% of the examples are about the definition (Sadistic Choice involving the hero's Love Interest).
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27 Willbyr9th May 2014 05:18:03 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Clock is set.
Crowner of some kind, then?
29 Willbyr10th Jun 2014 05:59:26 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Re-clocking.
[up] [up] What would we be voting on?
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Whether or not to rename the trope based on the displayed misuse, presumably.
32 Willbyr30th Jul 2014 06:52:24 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Four clocks has to be some kind of record...this one needs to get done on this clock or it's going bye-bye.
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"It takes an idiot to do cool things, that's why it's cool" - Haruhara Haruko
The name isn't the problem. Well, it depends on perspective. The problem is that the name and the description are at odds; the descriptions seems to be saying something specific ("Sadistic Choice involving the hero's Love Interest") while the name is a bit broader ("Do something dangerous to save a girl"). I vote for expanding the definition; changing the name doesn't seem like it would help, unless we change it to something bland like Love Interest Sadistic Choice.
35 SeptimusHeap31st Jul 2014 11:07:07 AM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
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I think the current description is too narrow to be worthwhile; nothing special about a Sadistic Choice, there.
Raven Wilder
[up][up] It's not necessarily a Sadistic Choice, though. Depending on the hero, they might not care about the people who die to save their Love Interest.
"It takes an idiot to do cool things, that's why it's cool" - Haruhara Haruko
The current definition is strongly encouraging a Sadistic Choice, definitively one presented by the plot, not always by the villain. The wick check I made shows 52 wicks that did not suggest a Sadistic Choice, and 31 wicks that do suggest one. (52/31)= 1.68 ratio.

Love Interest takes an even worse hit.
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Raven Wilder
Yeah, I think "given the choice to save someone they personally care about, or prevent something worse from happening to other people, the hero chooses the former" would make for a better description.
"It takes an idiot to do cool things, that's why it's cool" - Haruhara Haruko
The "someone they personally care about" is a common, but not statistically significant element from my wick check.

"prevent something worse from happening to other people" is not as common as "the hero puts themselves in danger".

We may need a disambiguation here, or even turn this into an index of tropes.
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40 Willbyr2nd Sep 2014 07:01:07 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Okay, this zombie's been staggering around long enough. *BOOM*
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